Posts made in September, 2012

Great tips from your orthodontist on how to avoid plaque!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012

Great tips from your orthodontist on how to avoid plaque!

The team of orthodontic experts at HGS Ortho, your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist, understands that it can be difficult to keep your teeth clean and healthy during orthodontic treatment. However, avoiding plaque during orthodontic treatment is easier than you think! Simply follow these tips below:

1. Visit your dentist regularly

It’s important not to neglect your oral health care while you undergo orthodontic treatment. We recommend getting regular cleanings at your dentist as often as recommend. If plaque builds on your teeth, it increases your chances of cavities and gum disease.

2. Don’t neglect brushing and flossing

Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and gently brush all the surface of your teeth. It’s important to floss to remove plaque from the hard-to-reach places between your teeth. If you’re not sure how to brush or floss while wearing braces, please contact your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS ortho, and our team will be happy to show you the proper way to floss and brush your teeth during orthodontic treatment.

3. Choose healthy, brace-friendly foods

It’s important to eat healthy while you’re wearing braces. Choose your foods carefully – hard foods such as apples or cavity-causing candies should be avoided as much as possible. Be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly if you indulge in sweets to avoid cavities and gum disease!

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pH and your enamel – learn the facts from your orthodontist!

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

pH and your enamel – learn the facts from your orthodontist!

Whether you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment with traditional braces or with Invisalign invisible braces at HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, it’s very important to care for your teeth and protect your enamel. One of the most common ways that individuals can destroy their enamel is through choosing beverages that are high in acidity.

The pH – or the measure of acidity – is a great way to know whether a beverage can harm the health of your teeth and weaken your enamel. The lower the pH number in a beverage, the more acidic. Acid can easily erode your enamel and create little fissures in your teeth that can easily lead to fractures, chips, cavities or tooth decay.

Just how can you protect yourself from acid erosion?

  • Contact your dentist for a regular cleaning and health check.
  • Know the pH number of popular beverages and make your choice accordingly.
  • Sip through a straw as often as possible.
  • Rinse your mouth immediately after drinking a beverage high in acidity to lower your chances of enamel erosion.

A pH of 7 is neutral – water is the best and healthiest! choice, followed by milk at 6.8. Anything with a pH of 5.5 and under can easily dissolve your enamel so keep that in mind when picking your next drink to enjoy:

coffee: 6.25 pH
tea: 5.36 pH
root beer: 4.8 pH
Sprite: 3.27 pH
Mountain Dew: 3.14 pH
Gatorade: 2.95
Ginger Ale: 2.94
Coke: 2.48
Pepsi =: 2.46

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Does your child need orthodontics?

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Does your child need orthodontics?

One of the most common questions asked at HGS Ortho, your Richmond or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, by parents who want to know if their child is ready for orthodontic treatment is “what are some of the signs that orthodontic treatment is going to be necessary?”

Crooked teeth are not the only sign that orthodontic treatment may be required in the near future for your child to have a healthy, straight smile. In fact, there are quite a few early signs that can help you determine if your child requires a visit to the orthodontist. If you’re not certain about these signs, please contact us to book an appointment at HGS Ortho, your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist, as soon as your child turns 7 years of age and we can evaluate the state of his jaw and teeth and determine if orthodontic treatment may be required.

Below you will find a list of the most common early signs that your child may require orthodontic care. If you have any questions or if you would like to book an appointment, please contact our team of orthodontic experts:

  • Chronic or extensive mouth breathing
  • Thumb sucking after the age of 6
  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Uneven wear on teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Grinding or tooth clenching

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How to Prevent Tooth Decay while Wearing Braces

Posted on Sep 6, 2012

How to Prevent Tooth Decay while Wearing Braces

If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment at your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS Ortho, here are the facts that you need to know in order to prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy during orthodontic treatment.

Teeth are more prone to tooth decay during orthodontic treatment – especially when using traditional, bracket-style braces – simply because wires and brackets can easily trap food and make it more difficult for you to clean your teeth properly.

How can you prevent tooth decay while wearing braces? Simply follow the steps below, provided for you by HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, for a healthy oral care routine:

1. Brush your teeth properly

Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle for the best clean possible. Your toothbrush should have softer bristles and our team of orthodontic experts at your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist, HGS Ortho, recommends using fluoride toothpaste. It’s important to rinse your mouth everyday with antibacterial mouthwash to lower your chances of tooth decay and flush away food particles that your toothbrush might miss.

2. Choose foods that are safe for your braces

If you’re wearing Invisalign invisible braces, you don’t need to worry about which types of foods you’re allowed to eat during orthodontic treatment. However, if you have traditional braces, you will want to avoid types of food such as apples, popcorn, carrots (hard foods) or soft, chewy foods that can easily stick to your wires and damage your brackets.

3.  Consult your dentist for regular cleanings

HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, recommends that you consult your dentist and schedule regular dental cleaning as often as necessary to keep your teeth in great shape while you undergo orthodontic treatment at our office.

If you have any questions about how to properly care for your teeth and prevent tooth decay while wearing braces, please contact your Richmond orthodontic or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS Ortho. We’re here to help give you the best smile of your life.

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